Saturday, April 7, 2007

CraftBoston Report

I'm lucky to live in a great city like Boston that hosts all sorts of fabulous art and craft shows. CraftBoston is one of the premier fine craft shows of the country - right up there with Philadelphia, the Smithsonian and Baltimore. I was particularly eager to check it out this year because of the presence of several top polymer artists.

My friend and fellow polymer artist, Melanie West came to visit and we spent a whole day at the show.

Best of Show, in my opinion, was Ford/Forlano .
This teams continues to amaze me with their vision and their ability to re-invent themselves. It's interesting that when you break down their work by components, there is nothing very special about the polymer work or metalsmithing. But the sum supersedes the parts. Their organic, assymetrical designs are breathtaking.

I was also happy to finally see JM Syron and Bonnie Bishoff's marriage of polymer and wood furniture.
It's a beautiful combination and I'm surprised that more folks haven't tried it.

Elise Winter's jewelry, as expected, was very elegant and chic. She has a distinctive, immediately recognizable style and her booth was mobbed!

New faces, to me at least, were Karin Noyes with her incredibly intricate cane work (I really admire good cane work since I'm so lousy at it myself). .

Another up and coming polymer artist is Judy Dunn . She studied with Kathleen Dustin, and the techniques of translucent layering are hallmarks of her work.

I'm always humbled by the outstanding work at these shows - in all mediums. But it's also energizing and give me the motivation to keep plugging away!

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